30 Years of Adam: 1991

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

Again, no idea what I did for my 11th birthday, but I do remember that I was just a month away from "graduating" from the 5th grade. I have no idea, but our town made a big deal out of going from elementary school to middle school. Somewhere in my parents' attic, there's probably still a Whiting Lane Class of '91 T-shirt. Insane, right?

Less insane were the NBA playoffs in 1991, where on May 17th, the Pistons eliminated the Celtics, moving on to the conference finals as they tried to 3-peat as NBA champs. However, they eventually got swept by the Bulls, who won their first championship later that summer. The NHL playoffs were also close to wrapping up, with the Penguins beating the North Stars 4-1 to even the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1. They'd go on to win the series, earning former Hartford Whalers star Ron Francis his first Stanley Cup championship. I still hate that trade.

Somehow the Mets actually won on May 17, 1991, beating the Dodgers 4-2. Frank Viola improved to 5-1 on the season with the win, and the Mets pulled to within a game and a half of the division-leading Pirates.

Notable May 17, 1991 births:
- actor Dan Curtis Lee
- actress Samantha Browne-Walters